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fish

2 verb
     
Related topics: Outdoor
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1DLOTI [intransitive] to try to catch fish [↪ fishing]:
Dad really loves to fish.
fish for
a Japanese vessel fishing for tuna in the Eastern Pacific
2 [intransitive always +adverb/preposition] informal to search for something in a bag, pocket etc
fish about/around
She fished around in her purse and pulled out a photo.
fish for
Chris fished in his pocket for a coin.
3DLOTI [transitive] to try to catch fish in a particular area of water [↪ fishing]:
Other nations are forbidden to fish the waters within 200 miles of the coast.
4

fish for compliments

to try to make someone say something nice about you, usually by first criticizing yourself - used to show disapproval:
It's sickening the way he's always fishing for compliments.
5 [intransitive] to try to find out information, without asking directly:
'Are you here with your wife?' she asked, fishing.

fish somebody/something ↔ out

a) to pull someone or something out of water
fish somebody/something ↔ out of
The body was fished out of the East River a week later.
b) to find something after searching through a bag, pocket etc, and take it out
fish somebody/something ↔ out of
Eric fished a peppermint out of the bag.

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